Government Relations Fall Internship 2019 Washington, DC/en-US/ASPCAWebsite/job/Washington-DC/Government-Relations-Fall--Internship-2019_2019-267/apply Please make sure to attach both a resume and cover letter to complete your application. Summary: The ASPCAs Government Relations Department works to help enact meaningful legal protections for animals at the state and federal levels. We lobby for bills that strengthen animal protection and prevent cruelty; we work to ensure that strong regulations are issued by agencies to implement new policies; we offer advocacy training and support for citizens who wish to engage in policy change; and we work on ballot campaigns to advance protections when a legislative solution is unavailable. The ASPCA seeks dedicated and passionate Government Relations interns to, under direct supervision, provide assistance on key projects necessary to the furtherance of our goals and will become familiar with the role that the Department plays in legislative and policy work. Responsibilities: Responsibilities include and are not limited to: * Help to mobilize the ASPCA Advocacy Brigade membership on key initiatives * Aid in tracking the existence and movement of administrative regulations and laws pertaining to animals * Draft letters and other documents and conduct legal and issue research to assist regulatory, federal and state efforts * Attend Capitol Hill events, such as hearings and briefings; attend and/or help organize coalition meetings and local events * Respond to information requests from ASPCA constituents * Serve as office liaison for traveling and remote staff members * Attend strategy and staff meetings * Assist with miscellaneous office tasks and projects as needed. Internship Structure: This internship is structured as a learning or work study program and can be the basis for credit at the undergraduate or graduate school level. Students will be mentored by professional lobbyists and attorneys. The duration of each internship position is flexible and will be determined on case-by- case basis. Generally, the position should be * Starting on or around August 19, 2019 * Ending by December 13, 2019 * Full-time preferred * At the will and sole discretion of the ASPCA Eligibility: Students currently enrolled in undergraduate, graduate, veterinary or law study, who have an interest in pursuing a career working in animal welfare, public policy, political science, law, or other relevant field. Recent graduates may also be considered. Pay: Course credit/work study credit is encouraged and can be arranged if eligible. The intern is responsible for arranging this with the school. If not receiving academic credit for the internship, interns will receive a minimum hourly wage. Application Materials: When you apply, please make sure to upload: * a cover letter * your resume * a list of professional and academic references (at least one of each) * a writing sample (legal writing and/or concerning an animal welfare issue) Qualifications: Ability to set priorities to meet deadlines effectively, Ability to work independently, as well as be a team player, An intense desire to improve the lives of animals, A strong sense of professionalism, Enthusiasm for advocacy, Excellent communication skills, written and verbal, High level of organization and attention to detail Language: English (Required) Education and Work Experience: Bachelors, High School Diploma (Required) Our EEO Policy: The ASPCA is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, sex, national origin, ancestry, gender, gender identity or expression, age, marital or domestic partner status, citizenship status, sexual orientation, disability, genetic information, military or veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state or local laws, regulations or ordinances. Applicants with disabilities may be entitled to a reasonable accommodation under the terms of the Americans with Disabilities Act and certain state or local laws. A reasonable accommodation is a change in the ASPCAs standard application process, which will ensure an equal employment opportunity without imposing undue hardship on the ASPCA. Please inform the ASPCAs People Team if you need an accommodation in order to complete any forms or to otherwise participate in the application process. Individuals seeking employment are considered without regards to race, color, creed, religion, sex, national origin, ancestry, gender, gender identity or expression, age, marital or domestic partner status, citizenship status, sexual orientation, disability, genetic information, military or veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state or local laws, regulations or ordinances. ASPCA is an Equal Opportunity Employer (M/F/D/V). Please dont forget to attach your resume and cover letter to complete your application. Posted YesterdayFull time2019-267 The ASPCA was founded by Henry Bergh in 1866 on the belief that animals are entitled to kind and respectful treatment at the hands of humans, and must be protected under the law. Headquartered in New York City, the ASPCA maintains a full-service animal hospital, spay/neuter clinic, rehabilitation center for canine victims of cruelty, kitten nursery and adoption facility. In addition, the ASPCA announced a groundbreaking anti-cruelty partnership with the New York Police Department in 2013, which has resulted in a record-breaking number of arrests and animals lives saved. The ASPCA also operates programs and services that extend nationwide, including a Field Investigation and Response team that rescues animal victims of natural and man-made disasters, a fully-subsidized spay/neuter clinic in Los Angeles, a Behavioral Rehabilitation Center for fearful, under-socialized dogs, and a 24-hour, 365-day Animal Poison Control Center that provides pet owners and veterinarians with live, on-call assistance related to toxic products and substances. In 2015, the ASPCA acquired Humane Alliance, the nations leading training and education organization focusing on high-quality, high-volume spay/neuter. The ASPCA is a privately funded 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization supported by more than 2 million animal advocates across the country.